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2 Arrested in Adams County


November 19th, 2011 by Chris Parks

The Adams County Sheriff’s office reports the arrest of two men Friday night and Saturday morning in separate incidents.

21-year-old Travis Beaty of Prescott was pulled over on a routine traffic stop at approximately 7:53pm Friday(11/18)  evening.  He was then placed under arrest for driving while suspended and brought to the Adams County Jail where he was held with no bond set until he sees a magistrate.

Also early Saturday (11/19) morning 22-year-old Christopher Shockley of Creston was picked up by a Union County Sheriff’s Officer and brought to the Adams County Jail for a probation violation warrant.  He was also held without bond pending appearance with a magistrate.

Omaha man to face 7 counts in 2001 Iowa rape case


November 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa judge has ruled that prosecutors can move ahead with seven counts against an Omaha, Neb., man accused of raping and beating a Council Bluffs woman 10 years ago.  Judge Mark Eveloff rejected on Wednesday a motion by 51-year-old Mark Sands’ attorney to throw out six of seven counts against Sands. The defense attorney argued that the statute of limitations on those counts had run out. But prosecutors successfully argued that state law stops the statute of limitations clock for the time that a defendant lives outside the state. A national DNA database identified Sands, a registered sex offender, in the cold case. The charges against Sands range from kidnapping to burglary, assault and sexual abuse.

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Frederickson family donates 329 items to Atlantic Food Pantry as part of “Scrooge” contest


November 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A 2011 “Scrooge” candidate in Atlantic got a big boost in their votes Wednesday, and the Atlantic Food Pantry received a healthy donation of non-perishable food items, thanks to the family of Trevor Frederickson. The family visited their favorite “scrooge” candidate, Janet Cappel Wednesday evening, and dropped off 329 items for the food pantry. 

Frederickson Family donation for Atlantic Food Pantry

Scrooge candidates are raising funds and non-perishable items for the Atlantic Food Pantry through December 2nd. The Scrooge who raises the most will get to serve as the “Grand Marshal” in the Lighted Christmas Parade on December 3rd, in downtown Atlantic.

Candidates for the 2011 “Scrooge” contest include: Aaron Siggins, with the Atlantic Hy-Vee store; Janet Cappel, from Cappel’s Ace Hardware; Nancy Fredrickson, with Geis Perry Jewelry; Brad Peerbolte, with Peerbolte Chiropractic; and, Karen Nelson, from the Handbag Ranch.

Each candidate will accept donations at their respective businesses. Many have special promotions in the works. One dollar or one non-perishable item equals a vote for the Scrooge candidate.

20 hogs killed in weekend semi rollover


November 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office this week, reported about 20 head of hogs were killed during a tractor-trailer rollover last Saturday evening (Nov. 12th), near the intersection of Highway 25 and White Pole Road (Hwy. 6).  The accident happened at around 6-p.m., when a Freightliner semi registered to Christensen Farms, of Sleepy Eye, MN, went out of control and rolled onto its passenger side. The driver of the truck, Phillip Osborn, of Fairmont, MN, was not injured. 

Officials say the accident happened when Osborn reached for a piece of pizza. As he did so, the truck went off the road onto the unfinished shoulder. The wheels on the passenger side sunk nearly a foot into the shoulder. When Osborn attempted to get the vehicle back onto the paved road, the semi swerved back across both lanes of pavement and rolled onto the highway, sliding to a stop on its side, and blocking both lanes of traffic. 

Twenty hogs died in the crash, while the rest were deemed unsuitable for market. Damage to the Freightliner was estimated at $100,000. Osborn was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle.

Vehicle fire in Panora last week caused by mobile Meth lab


November 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A report in the Guthrie Center Times says a fire in a pickup truck last Friday morning (Nov. 11th) in Panora was caused by a mobile meth lab mishap. Police in Panora told the paper the Panora Fire Department was called at 11:30-a.m. to a vehicle fire at the Troy Downing residence. An investigation determined the 1999 Dodge Ram pickup registered to 34-year old Frank Howey, Jr., of Panora, began with a meth lab inside the vehicle.

Local authorities notified the Iowa Narcotics Division. A follow-up investigation resulted in Howey being arrested on felony charges which included: manufacturing methamphetamine (under five grams); possession of drug precursors; and, receiving precursors. Howey was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held in Guthrie County jail on a $20,000 cash only bond. His preliminary hearing, which was to have been held yesterday (Thursday), was instead continued until Monday (Nov. 21st). 

In addition, 36-year old Troy Downing, of Panora, was arrested on a felony charge of furnishing a precursor, and prohibited acts, an aggravated misdemeanor. Downing posted a $10,000 cash  bond Monday afternoon and was released from Guthrie County jail. 27-year old Brooke Whitney, of Panora, was arrested on a felony charge of with furnishing a precursor. She was being held in the Guthrie County jail on a $10,000 cash only bond. Her preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 21st.

Home sales, prices rise in Iowa


November 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Home sales and prices were both up in Iowa last month compared to a year ago. Iowa Association of Realtors president Dale Gross reports 2,606 homes were sold in October — 287 more than October 2010.  Gross said prices climbed just 2.1% over the year with the average sale price last month at $138,739. The October report did show homes are spending more days on the market. Last month, the average number of days on the market was 109 – up from 105 days in October 2010. But, Gross notices things are beginning to turn around.

“Earlier on in this year, it was 120 days and now we’re back down to 109. So, that says we’re selling homes quicker at this point in time,” Gross said. He credits a growing agriculture economy and lower interest rates. “The underwriting rules are a little more stringent and difficult, but if somebody really wants to buy a home, four-percent interest rates and 30 year notes are out there,” Gross said.

Gross, who lives in Atlantic, just recently took over as the new president of the Iowa Association of Realtors.

(Radio Iowa)

Harlan Juveniles arrested for criminal mischief


November 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan say three juveniles from the community were arrested on criminal mischief and other charges Monday, after authorities received a report about young men knocking on doors and leaving obscene pictures on porches. 14-year ol Levi Preston was charged with Harassment in association with the acts. 13-year old Bryan Wilke and 14-year old Zachary Powers were charged for Accessory after the fact. All three of the Harlan youth were charged with Criminal Mischief, for allegedly throwing eggs at a house earlier in the day, Monday. The teens were cited and released to their parents. Their cases were referrred to juvenile court.

Police in Harlan also report a Harlan man was arrested Monday on an active Shelby County warrant for burglary, in association with an incident which occurred at 411 6th Street, earlier this month. 20-year old Winston (Joe) Leal was brought to the Shelby County Jail, where he was subsequently charged with Interference With Official Acts.

In other news, the Harlan P-D said Thursday, 47-year old Karla Moeller, of Westphalia, was arrested Nov. 12th on active warrants out of Shelby and Carroll Counties. And, on Nov. 10th, 18-year old Sarah Caswell, of Harlan, was arrested on an active Shelby County warrant for Burglary in the 3rd degree, in connection with an incident which occurred June 28th at 412 Durant Street, in Harlan. Caswell was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Bankers survey shows growth in rural Midwest


November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The rural economy in 10 Midwest and Great Plains states appears to be on the upswing. A survey of bankers released Thursday finds the farm economy growing at a “very healthy pace.” The Rural Mainstreet Index jumped from 52.9 last month to 58.4 this month, the highest since June 2007. Anytime the index, which ranges from 1 to 100, is above 50, it suggests the economy will grow.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says the results were helped by farmland price growth, which continues at a rapid pace. The farmland price index rose to 75.4 from October’s 66.9 – the 22nd straight month the index has been above growth-neutral 50.

The survey covers Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Flu vaccination clinics to be held in Atlantic


November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic – The Iowa Department of Public Health recently announced Iowa’s first influenza case of the season.  Denise Coder, Cass County Home Care Community Health Coordinator notes, “With this fall’s warm weather, it’s difficult to remember that seasonal influenza is right around the corner.  The first Iowa case reminds us all to do those things we need to in an effort to protect our health.”

There are several things area residents can do to protect themselves.  First and foremost, get an annual influenza vaccination! The Centers for Disease Control now recommend a flu shot for everyone ages 6 months and older.  Cass County Home Care has established two additional opportunities to obtain a flu vaccination.  Both of these events will be held at the Cass County Home Care office, located at 1500 E. 10th St., Atlantic.

Monday, November 21 from 9 am – 12 pm

Wednesday, November 30 from 5:-00 pm – 6:30 pm

Injectable and mist forms of the vaccine are available.  The fee is $25, and Medicare, Medicaid, hawk-i, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurances will be accepted.  For those interested, staff will also conduct blood pressure screenings at no charge.

Area residents are also encouraged to practice the three C’s, in an effort to stay healthy:  Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.

For more information about influenza prevention, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm or call Denise Coder, Community Health Coordinator at (712) 243-7475.